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Book Giveaway Checklist

By Brent King On April 20, 2015 No Comments

rafflecopter_logo_name_0_optI’ve never done a book giveaway before so I had to research a bit to figure out the most effective way to do it. Three free giveaway platforms impressed me as being the easiest to run: Goodreads, RaffleCopter, and Giveaway Tools. After looking all over the internet, I came up with a “must do” list for running giveaways effectively.

Book Giveaway Checklist

  • Offer one copy per giveaway
  • Mention that it is an autographed copy
  • Use review blurbs in the description box instead of just cutting and pasting your back cover
  • Reach out to winners and non-winners:

Congratulate winners and tell them their prize will be mailed soon.
Send a thank you note to everyone who entered
Offer non-winners a discount on books/PDFs on your website.
Invite non-winners to join your newsletter

  • Send book to the winner promptly
  • Vary the



Evil at Heart

By Brent King On April 24, 2014 1 Comment

Faramir_in_Two_Towers_optA post on inclusivism on Mike Duran’s blog has prompted me to post a reflection from my book, The Grip of Grace: God’s Hand in The Lord of the Rings. It is titled,

Evil at Heart

The ambush shocked the Hobbits. Sam’s excitement at seeing an oliphaunt turned to fear as the animal stampeded toward them, veering off at the last minute and leaving a soldier dead at their feet.

“Let’s get out of here Sam!” cried Frodo. “We shouldn’t have stayed here so long.”

The thought came too late. As they turned to go, they ran into the clutch of soldiers. There wasn’t much of a struggle. The Hobbits were little match for the battle hardened Rangers of Gondor.

“Hang on!” said Sam. “We’re no threat to Gondor!”

Faramir stepped forward and looked at them suspiciously.

“Right,” he said, “only those on missions for the




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